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The Civil War: A Narrative (1958)

av Shelby Foote

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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time A stunning literary and historical achievement, the three volumes of Shelby Foote' s The Civil War vividly bring to life the four years of torment and strife that altered American life forever. Presented in a handsome boxed set, these three beautifully bound hardcovers are an essential addition to every American history collection. Taking the reader from the drama of Jefferson Davis's resignation from the United States Senate and Abraham Lincoln's arrival in the nation's capital to Davis's final flight and capture and Lincoln's tragic death, Foote covers his subject with astonishing depth and scope. Every battle, every general, and every statesman has its place in this monumental narrative, told in lively prose that captures the sights, smells, and sounds of the conflict. Never before have the great battles and personalities of the Civil War been so excitingly presented, and never before has the story been told so completely. With a novelist's gift for narrative and a historian's commitment to research, Shelby Foote's epic retelling is the definitive account of the Civil War, a trilogy that has earned a place of honor on the bookshelves of all Americans.… (mer)
Senast inlagd avprivat bibliotek, christyfaye, tjw_1970, ConradLe, woods5402, astahura, jenrob67, elysium753, tmkt1998
Efterlämnade bibliotekThomas C. Dent, Ralph Ellison, Walker Percy
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    The Civil War: An Illustrated History av Geoffrey C. Ward (justjim)
    justjim: A shorter treatment than the Foote work but with some wonderful illustrations. (Photographs, drawings and maps.
  2. 10
    The Coming Fury av Bruce Catton (oregonobsessionz)
    oregonobsessionz: Read Catton's Centennial History of the Civil War trilogy (The Coming Fury, Terrible Swift Sword, Never Call Retreat) for a Union- leaning perspective, and read Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative trilogy for a southern-leaning perspective.… (mer)
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Volume 1 Fort Sumpter to Perryville. This first of three volumes of Shelby Foote’s renowned history of the Civil War is 811 page and it reads like every bit of that length. At times it was difficult to get through because of the incredible detail of all the battles of all the wars included. It’s often difficult to keep up with personnel. The generals alone take a database to separate those fighting for the North from those fighting for the South. The best parts of this first volume are the personal stories. I wish Foote had spent more time telling his readers about these young soldiers and their families. The deaths are so monumental that at some point in the volume, the reader becomes numb to them, and that’s too bad. One thing this first volume does do is convey the absolute tragedy of the U.S. Civil War. There can’t be a more tragic part of our history except maybe slavery itself. ( )
  DanDiercks | Feb 12, 2019 |
A very challenging read, but worth it. ( )
1 rösta Tracy_Tomkowiak | Sep 18, 2016 |
I'm going to keep this simple. Reading this three volume set is one of the most important things I have done in my life. You cannot understand America until you understand the Civil War. And this is THE source to read/listen to in order to gain that understanding. ( )
1 rösta Scarchin | Nov 12, 2013 |
The Author's of "1066 and All That" said very justly that Civil Wars usually are between two sides the "Wrong but Romantic, and the Right but Repulsive!" I feel Mr. Foote has fallen prey to the wrong but romantic in his book, but that it is a necessary part of any ACW buff's library. It's readable, and slightly pro-Southern, but is a masterly synthesis of a vast catastrophe. I find myself dipping into it often. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 11, 2013 |
I have read these volumes (I have two sets of them for some reason) and also have the Audible.com versions, and I enjoy listening to them. Foote has created an historical tour de force, but even more impressive for me is the sheer artistry of his narrative. His command of the language is so good it sometimes obscures the narrative. You can be distracted from the message by the beauty and creativity of the medium. It's all good. You can go back and get the facts with a reread or somewhere else. But you only get this kind of literary thrill in great literature. Like many others I was first introduced to Foote in the Ken Burns documentary series on the Civil War. Next to the music, (Bernice Johnson Reagon for example), discovering Foote was the best part of that very good treatment. I've only read one of Foote's novels, but his whole body of work is on my bucket list. A magnificent story teller. ( )
1 rösta Coalsoffire | Dec 11, 2012 |
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This is the entry for a complete omnibus/3 volume set of THE CIVIL WAR: A NARRATIVE. Please do not combine with any individual volume or set.
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time A stunning literary and historical achievement, the three volumes of Shelby Foote' s The Civil War vividly bring to life the four years of torment and strife that altered American life forever. Presented in a handsome boxed set, these three beautifully bound hardcovers are an essential addition to every American history collection. Taking the reader from the drama of Jefferson Davis's resignation from the United States Senate and Abraham Lincoln's arrival in the nation's capital to Davis's final flight and capture and Lincoln's tragic death, Foote covers his subject with astonishing depth and scope. Every battle, every general, and every statesman has its place in this monumental narrative, told in lively prose that captures the sights, smells, and sounds of the conflict. Never before have the great battles and personalities of the Civil War been so excitingly presented, and never before has the story been told so completely. With a novelist's gift for narrative and a historian's commitment to research, Shelby Foote's epic retelling is the definitive account of the Civil War, a trilogy that has earned a place of honor on the bookshelves of all Americans.

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